Copa 71

UK, Feature Documentary, 2023, 90 min

Executive produced by Serena and Venus Williams. It is August 1971, and teams from England, Argentina, Mexico, France, Denmark, and Italy gather in Mexico City for a watershed soccer tournament. Lavish sponsorship, extensive TV coverage, merchandise on every street corner, and over 100,000 roaring fans turn the historic Azteca stadium into a cauldron of noise while a fawning media treats the players like rock stars. This is the greatest show on earth but, despite being one of the most ground-breaking moments in soccer history, you’ve probably never heard of it. And why? Because the players are all women, and the heroic event that unfolds, has been sidelined from history – until now. The tournament ignites the flame that eventually leads to the explosion of women’s soccer around the globe. With interviews from Megan Rapinoe and Brandi Chastain and a thumping ‘70s soundtrack driven by female singer-songwriters. Subtitled.

Directed by James Erskine, Rachel Ramsay

Colorado Premiere

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Venues: The Boulder Theater; Grace Commons Church, 1820 15th Street; Boulder High; Cinemark Century Boulder 1, 1700 29th St.; Cinemark Century Boulder 2, 1700 29th St.; eTown Hall; Longmont Museum’s Stewart Auditorium